Saturday, November 04, 2006

Computer History - The Microprocessor

Intel released the 4004 CPU in November, 1971. The 4004 was the first computer on a chip. It ushered in the era of the microprocessor. The combination of memory and processor on a single chip dramatically reduced size and cost while increasing computer speed. This event was the latest in the evolution of the vacuum tube --> to the transistor --> to the integrated circuit.